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Geraldo Rivera Apologizes For Matt Lauer Comments; Fox News “Troubled” By Tweets

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After Matt Lauer was fired from NBC after sexual harassment allegations, numerous ..

By admin , in Money , at November 30, 2017

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After Matt Lauer was fired from NBC after sexual harassment allegations, numerous figures in media reacted, but it was Geraldo Rivera’s tweets that raised some eyebrows. Fox News said they were “troubled” by his comments.

In a series of tweets, Rivera referred to the news industry as a “flirty” business and appeared to defend Lauer to which Fox News responded in a statement obtained by Deadline: “Geraldo’s tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him.”

Rivera referred to Lauer as a gentleman and went to say that “News is a flirty business & it seems like [the] current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it [with] predation.”

He adds that harassment “shouldn’t be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex’s.”

Since his string of highly criticized tweets, Rivera took to Twitter to clarify his statements saying, “I didn’t sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden.” He adds, “Harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming to them. Often victims are too frightened to come forward in a timely fashion. I humbly apologize.

Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me. News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation. What about #GarrisonKeillor?

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017

A jerk's a jerk in dating. #SexHarassment should be confined to situations where superior imposes himself on subordinate who feels unable to complain because of power of perp or feared consequences to victim's employment. Shouldn't be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex's

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017

Heard well-regarded women in media today suggesting morning shows go to an all-female format. That should be as unacceptably retro as the other way around.

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017

#SexHarassment allegations should require: 1-made in a timely fashion-say w/n 5 yrs. 2-some contemporaneous corroboration, like witnesses, electronic or written communications. W $ settlements in multi-millions slight chance exists some victims are motivated by more than justice

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017

This issue is so red hot right now there is no room for any thought or opinion but hang em high. If News wasn’t (formerly) a flirty biz then how do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017

Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear
I didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem
long hidden-Harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming
to them-Often victims are too frightened to come
forward in a timely fashion-I humbly apologize

— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 30, 2017

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